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Railroad Bridges: Railroad Bridge 5.1 lies just upriver from the St. Johns Bridge on the Willamette. Seven other bridges were built in Portland before this one. Technically, because these others have been replaced, this is the oldest surviving structure standing across the Willamette in the Portland area.
The Southern Pacific Railroad Bridge was built over the Willamette in 1910, upriver from the Sellwood Bridge, about midway between the Sellwood and Oregon City Bridges. I think this bridge has a new owner - yes, I should update the name...
This Shoot: When I got up on this particular morning around 5AM, it was completely clouded over and rainy. I decided to drive 20 minutes out to the Saint Johns Bridge anyway - I was already up, why not? - not expecting much. I shot about 30 frames with my digital camera as the day began. The first photos are not the most appealing, with dark clouds overhead, but amazingly, they parted to reveal some blue sky and give me a couple of nice shots, one of which I use for my business card.